BLADENSBURG — George Washington: Our first president, an exquisite general, and the most famous cherry-tree chopper in history. Well, he was certainly the first two, but the story about chopping his father’s cherry tree with a hatchet and immediately confessing, because he “could not tell a lie” is, ironically, an account of pure fiction; A mere myth made up by a Washington biographer to highlight the president’s virtue of honesty.
But, despite the story’s fictional nature, it has painted a vivid portrait of our dear president that has remained inside the minds of Americans for centuries. So, in honor of George Washington’s birthday/Presidents Day on Feb. 20, why not bake a cherry dessert to celebrate his legacy?
Cathy Gallwitz and Gwen Dugan of Bladensburg are best friends who grew up together in Howard and have been inseparable ever since. The two are also coordinators for the Knox County Fair’s Domestic Arts and Crafts Show and Culinary Division and have been involved with the Knox County Fair since the 1990s.